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Meet Your Mardi Gras DJs: Mason Andrews

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NAME: Mason Andrews 
PARTY: "I’m super excited to be playing at the Mardi Gras Party in the Royal Hall of Industries (RHI) alongside some absolute legends." 
SOUND: "Sexy, Uplifting, House." 

masonThis year's Mardi Gras theme is "Passion." Tell us something you're passionate about that might surprise us.
Apart from music, I’m really passionate about youth work. I worked in the industry for a while, and it’s something that is really close to my heart. Working with Disabled, behavioural and disadvantaged youth is so rewarding and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my life.

Tell us about your first Mardi Gras experience.
I grew up in country NSW and my first Mardi Gras was when I was 18. I remember being at the parade with some friends and being overwhelmed by the feeling of pride and love, all the beautiful floats and displays blew my mind. We went straight to the Mardi Gras after party, which was INCREDIBLE. I was like a kid in a candy shop! That was the year Alexis Jordan sang in the RHI. It was an awesome experience, and now I go every year!

How do you prepare a set?
I never really ‘prepare’ for a set per se, I generally just ensure my music is up to date the day before. I find that choosing songs and mixing based on the energy in the room when you arrive always has a better flow - rather than to plan out a set list and go off that.

What track can't you get enough of right now?
“When the Beat Drops Out” (Don Diablo Remix) – Marlon Roudette, this is my summer track and I can’t get enough of it!
What artist would we be most shocked to find on your iPod?
Now, that’s a difficult one because I have so much music from so many different genres. I think though you would be most shocked to see Nelly’s album, or even Jagged Edge. Does anyone even remember Jagged Edge?! :O

What's your wildest onstage memory?
Wildest… Hmmm… There’s been a lot, but the most recent was at Connections Nightclub in Perth. The night that I played they set the DJ booth up on the stage, which in turn meant that there was probably about 4 metres of stage behind me that was empty. During the night this part of the stage filled up with friends, staff from the club, other DJ mates and then I happen to turn around and the entire of the back of the stage was filled with people dancing, including one of my favourite producers that I’ve not met before. I think at some point we had a private drag show, and a stripper there too. I can’t remember much after about 4am…

Mardi Gras is a celebration of diversity and pride. What should the gay community be most proud of?
I think the gay community should be proud of a lot of things, one of those being the sense of acceptance and diversity they show to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, this community welcomes people from all races, sexual orientations and lifestyles, and I think that’s certainly something to be proud of. I can think of very few communities / groups that have that inclusion. There are so many community groups, support groups, fundraisers, parties, balls, exhibitions, film festivals, outreach groups & networks. There is always something to do, and somewhere to go no matter who you are or how you are feeling, and I think that’s incredible.

Your industry has experienced such an evolution the last few years. What are both the best and worst changes you've witnessed?
It absolutely has! I think the best changes from personal opinion is seeing more deep house and quality house coming back into the charts (I’m a house lover, so I might be a bit biased) but also over the last few years the technology in the industry has just blown up, we now have so many incredible tools to use, and continue to see companies like Pioneer make it easier to do what we love. Worst? Lockout laws in Sydney, and EDM music. Nuff Said. :P

Punters always have requests for DJs. What special requests do you have for your Mardi Gras audience?
Way to put me on the spot! What would I request from my Mardi Gras Audience? GO WILD! Have the time of your life, and don’t stop dancing, oh and clothes are optional. It’s hot in the RHI!
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